Kents Hill School is one of the oldest co-ed boarding schools in the country, located on 400 beautiful acres in Maine. We bring boarding and day students together from across the world to engage in self-discovery and growth, both in and out of the classroom. Diversity, equity, and belonging are integral to our community as we actively strive to be an anti-racist school through consistent and ongoing learning for all. Our caring and deeply engaged faculty members truly know each student, and because of that are able to create transformational experiences. With student-centered inquiry at its core, the academic curriculum merges the four dimensions of learning (knowledge, skills, character, and reflection) with PBL (project-based learning) to balance academic rigor with strong support. Students also have the opportunity to explore their passions in athletics and the arts and develop leadership potential with over 30 clubs and activities.
This position, with a start date of August 2021, will join our outstanding Arts Department, taking the lead on all performing arts offerings. This full-time teaching position will also include advising a group of students, actively participating in the residential life program, and running our after-school performing arts program. The successful applicant will have vision and enthusiasm for developing a program that will help our students engage with all aspects of performance. We especially seek candidates with experience fostering connections between music, theater, and broader cultural and community contexts. The Arts Department is committed to the idea that all students are creative learners and our role is to encourage them to expand their artistic skillset and engage with a breadth of creative experiences. A bachelor’s degree in the content area is required, a master’s degree is preferred. On-campus housing, as well as three meals a day in our campus dining hall, full-benefits, access to our waterfront, ski hill, campus trails, ice rink, basketball court, and workout room, are all part of the Kents Hill package.
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The ideal candidate will possess:
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
A collaborative attitude and a desire to think creatively about visual and performing arts
A passion for teaching and engaging students in performing arts
An innovative approach to teaching and learning
An articulated vision for a strong performing arts program at Kents Hill School and an ability to bring that vision to fruition
An ability to connect with and inspire high school-aged students
4+ years of teaching experience
Bachelor’s degree in music, theater, or related field - master’s preferred.
Experience in some, or all, of the following:
Choral and/or Orchestra Music
Theater including acting and directing
Key responsibilities include:
Running the after-school performing arts program in the fall, winter, and spring
Teaching four courses within the performing arts discipline
Creating student clubs related to the performing arts
Overseeing the Bodman Performing Arts Center and maintaining the calendar, coordinate use of the space, and manage all logistics related to both performing arts and the Bodman
Developing and supporting long and short-range plans and programs that result in a thriving performing arts program
Acting as an advisor to a group of students
Engaging in weeknight and weekend residential duty
About Kents Hill School
Kents Hill School, one of the oldest boarding schools in the country, has a foundation of caring and deeply engaged faculty members who truly know each student. Our 180 students, grades 9-PG hail from 25 states and over 20 countries. Our small size allows for a transformative educational experience rooted in community, character, and values. Our academic leadership team supports teachers, while also encouraging all members of the community to be lifelong learners as together we positively shape all aspects of student learning. Kents Hill fosters confident, forward-thinking young men and women who are striving to make a difference in the world. Our breathtaking 400-acre campus is nestled in the midst of the Belgrade Lakes, with access to our state-of-the-art facilities including the Bodman Performing Arts Center, the Alfond Athletics Center, and the O’Connor Alpine Center. Kents Hill is close to major ski resorts, the Maine coast, and the state capital. The state's largest city, Portland, with its lovely historic district and lively array of restaurants and shops, is only an hour away. With vigorous academics, vibrant arts programs, outstanding athletics facilities, and focus on cha...racter development, Kents Hill offers each student the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth in a safe and supportive community, and gives the Faculty the opportunity to live, learn, and enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle, and the ability to join a wonderful and supportive educational community